Top Mississippi OL prospect Lashley commits to Alabama

BY foxsports • February 2, 2016

Mississippi State's 2016 recruiting class continues to take its lumps, this time its elite offensive lineman Scott Lashley who turns down MSU for the defending national champions. The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Lashley joins a stellar offensive line haul for Alabama, as the Tide already had four elite linemen committed to its most recent class. 

Lashley joins Nigel Knott as the second touted prospect from the Magnolia State to commit to the Crimson Tide's class in as many days. Once a Mississippi State commit, Lashley was long rumored to be leaning toward staying in state and playing in Starkville, however the massive lineman went against those prognostications Tuesday in this video:

Until Mississippi State and head coach Dan Mullen can keep talented players like Lashley and Knott in-state and away from the Tide, they will only continue to look up at Alabama in the SEC West standings. If you are keeping track at home, Alabama has won the last eight meetings between the two schools.

Alabama now has 16 commitments lined up in its latest class, which is expected to close out incredibly strong into Wednesday's National Signing Day. By landing a somewhat surprising commit from Lashley, the Tide have all but assured a top signing class if the projected five-star prospects name Alabama as their school of choice, which is to be expected.